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    Tourists Guide To Bamako & General Information

    Bamako is the capital City of Mali, and is also the largest of the Nation’s Cities, with a population of close to 2 million people. Bamako is a fast growing City and is situated on the banks of the Niger River.

    An Overview & Informative Guide To Bamako

    Bamako is taken from the word Bamabara, which means “Crocodile River”. The area around Bamako has been inhabited for thousands of years, and has a rich history. Bamako is the seventh largest West African urban centre, and is a major trade hub.

    What You Need To Know About Bamako

    There are a few important things to take note of when travelling to Bamako.

    When Is The Best Time To Visit Bamako?

    December to February are the best times to visit Bamako.

    Do I Need A Visa To Visit Bamako?

    You need a Visa to enter Bamako, and the Country of Mali.

    What Should I Pack To Visit Bamako?

    Depending on what time of year you are travelling to Bamako will influence what you need to pack. Generally summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with. Insect Repellant is also a good thing to take with.

    Do I Need Vaccinations To Visit Bamako?

    When visiting Bamako, and any other part of Mali, you need to be up to date with your current vaccinations and you need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever.

    Transport & How To Get Around Bamako?

    The Bamako-Senou International Airport is roughly 15 kilometers from the Bamako City Centre. The local population as a means of transport uses the river and railway system, and prior to your visit you should check with your travel or booking agent with regards to preferred public transport and rental vehicles.

    Attractions And Places To Visit In Bamako

    Mali is home to one of the fastest growing Cities in the World, it’s Capital and largest City, Bamako. It is one of the largest urban areas in West Africa and is a great tourist destination.

    Where To Go When Visiting Bamako?


    Bamako Zoo

    The Zoo in Bamako is one of the biggest in Mali, and there are various species of animals from the area and the rest of Africa. There is also a large aviary, reptile house and aquarium.

    Point G Hill

    Here you will not only get a great view of Bamako, but you will also be able to explore the caves with all sorts of different rock art to be seen.

    Mali National Museum

    The museum holds some great Mali history and artifacts; pieces of art and textiles are displayed beautifully for everyone to see. The exhibits unfortunately do not currently have any English labels on them, but one can ask someone at the museum or get an English speaking tour guide to show them around.

    If you like to shop you will love Bamako. There are a variety of shops that sell all sorts of items, and the curios in particular are really worth purchasing to keep as souvenirs.

    Other places to see and attractions in Bamako include:

    • Tour BCEAO
    • Bamako Grand Mosque
    • Pont du Roi Fahd
    • Muso Kunda Museum
    • Bamako Regional Museum
    • Bamako Botanical Gardens

    How Old Is Bamako?

    Bamako has been around a long time and the area that is home to the City has been occupied since the Paleolithic Era, some 150 000 years a go. This is predominantly due to the fertile Niger River Valley.

    Where Can I Go To Eat In Bamako?

    Bamako has a variety of restaurant to wet your appetite, and they cater for all kinds of food.

    The top 5 restaurants in Bamako are:

    • Le Loft Restaurant
    • De Guido Pizzeria
    • Badalodge
    • Soukhothai
    • Appaloosa Restaurant

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